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Foreigners in Japan are evil … 21

Foreigners in Japan are evil …

…at least what Tokyo Shinjuku ward belives. They have put out a very nice brochure about how to behave as a foreigner in Japan: English (local copy) and Japanese (local copy). Nothing in there...

Armenia and Turkey – Erdoğan did it again 0

Armenia and Turkey – Erdoğan did it again

It is 101 years to the day that Turkey started the first genocide of the 20th century, the Armenian Genocide. And Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the populistic and seemingly maniac president of Turkey, does not...

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Searching for a job 4

Searching for a job

Yesterday my contract with my university JAIST ended. I was working there as Associate Professor for 6.5 years, but the university decided not to extend my contract (financial problems, foreigner in Japan). That means,...

Ian Buruma: Wages of Guilt 3

Ian Buruma: Wages of Guilt

Since moving to Japan, I got more and more interested in history, especially the recent history of the 20th century. The book I just finished, Ian Buruma (Wiki, home page) Wages of Guilt –...

SJW attitude in science 36

SJW attitude in science

Recently, Eric Raymond, famous for is “The Cathedral and the Bazaar“, stepped forward to speak out against mixing social agenda, like equal treatment for everyone outside the white straight group, with meritocracy, the evaluation...

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七十年ニュルンベルク裁判と日本の現代史:歴史教科書に書いていない話 0



Looking at the facts: Sarah Sharp’s crusade 70

Looking at the facts: Sarah Sharp’s crusade

Much has been written around the internet about this geeky kernel maintainer Sarah Sharp who left kernel development. I have now spent two hours reading through lkml posts, and want to summarize a few...

6 years in Japan 19

6 years in Japan

Exactly 6 years ago, on October 1, 2009, I started my work at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), arriving the previous day in a place not completely unknown, but with...


Work-Life Balance at Amazon

Having had personal contact with Amazon employees, and having read the NYT article Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace, I have only a few things to say: Most Japanese companies have...

An amusing lintian error — Lenna 19

An amusing lintian error — Lenna

Well, there we are, trying to build another round of TeX Live packages for Debian, just to realize that the lintian error that should have been downgraded to warning (or removed) is still around,...